The impact of using weight estimated from mammographic images vs self-reported weight on breast cancer risk calculation

Kalyani Nair, Elaine Harkness, Soujanya Gadde, Yit Lim, Anthony Maxwell, Emmanouil Moschidis, Philip Foden, Jack Cuzick, Adam Brentnall, Gareth Evans, Anthony Howell, Susan Astley

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Personalised breast screening requires assessment of individual risk of breast cancer, of which one contributory factor is weight. Self-reported weight has been used for this purpose, but may be unreliable. We explore the use of volume of fat in the breast, measured from digital mammograms. Volumetric breast density measurements were used to determine the volume of fat in the breasts of 40,431 women taking part in the Predicting Risk Of Cancer At Screening (PROCAS) study. Tyrer-Cuzick risk using self-reported weight was calculated for each woman. Weight was also estimated from the relationship between self-reported weight and breast fat volume in the cohort, and used to re-calculate Tyrer-Cuzick risk. Women were assigned to risk categories according to 10 year risk (below average <2%, average 2-3.49%, above average 3.5-4.99%, moderate 5-7.99%, high ≥8%) and the original and re-calculated Tyrer-Cuzick risks were compared. Of the 716 women diagnosed with breast cancer during the study, 15 (2.1%) moved into a lower risk category, and 37 (5.2%) moved into a higher category when using weight estimated from breast fat volume. Of the 39,715 women without a cancer diagnosis, 1009 (2.5%) moved into a lower risk category, and 1721 (4.3%) into a higher risk category. The majority of changes were between below average and average risk categories (38.5% of those with a cancer diagnosis, and 34.6% of those without). No individual moved more than one risk group. Automated breast fat measures may provide a suitable alternative to self-reported weight for risk assessment in personalized screening. © (2017) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101
JournalSPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017
EventSPIE Medical Imaging 2017 - Orlando, United States
Duration: 11 Feb 201716 Feb 2017


  • breast
  • cancer
  • weight
  • risk
  • density
  • Tyrer-Cuzick
  • Volpara
  • fat

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Cancer Research Centre


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